WELCOME TO SAN DIEGO CHILDREN'S DENTISTRY
We Hope it Feels Like Home!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that patients establish a “dental home” by their first birthday and defines it as a place where children can receive comprehensive, continuously-accessible, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally-effective care. This includes planning for prevention, growth and development, dietary counseling, and more.
What should I expect?
You should expect your children to feel cozy and comfortable. Our goal is to keep their dental care fun, easy-going, and stress free. Most first time exams are relatively short. Your child will get x-rays, if needed, a cleaning, and an exam. This first appointment is a perfect chance to talk about brushing and flossing strategies, healthy and nutritious foods, injury prevention, and what to expect at each stage of your child’s growth and development.
What should I tell my child?
Keep it simple. We find that it is best not be make a big deal about going to see the dentist. You can tell them that they are going to get their teeth brushed and looked at to make sure they are healthy and strong. If you don’t know how to answer their questions, tell them to write them down and they can ask us all the questions they have. This will help you and our team use similar words and phrases to describe what we are going to do. Generally, less is more when it comes to talking to them about their upcoming appointment. We will walk them through each step as we go along. It is also important to remain upbeat and positive to transmit those positive emotions to your child. If you are nervous or apprehensive, your child may mirror those emotions as well. You can also show them the pictures of the office on the website, especially the toys and the TVs to help get them excited about coming to see us. Please avoid words like: shot, drill, pull, or needles and don’t tell them “it won’t hurt,” because then they start thinking that it might hurt.